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Salon Italia. Three Brothers

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Film screening (107’) introduced by Nick Walker and followed by a discussion.

In one of the first sequences of Francesco Rosi's “Three Brothers” the camera is following an old farmer, Donato Giuranna (Charles Vanel), as he makes his purposeful way down a rocky country lane. An old woman briskly walks a path parallel to Donato's, calling to him to catch a rabbit that has escaped her. He stops, contemplates the rabbit in the middle of the path, in the same way that the rabbit contemplates him. After a brief scramble, he succeeds in grabbing the rabbit, which he hands over to the woman. “I was going to cook it for your supper,” the woman says, smiling, “but it escaped me. Perhaps he was afraid of dying”. Then she bends over and sets the rabbit free.

Old Donato continues his walk but, after a few steps, he turns back to the woman, who waves at him. We suddenly realize that the old woman is Donato's wife, that she is dead and that we've been sharing Donato's memories. He is, as it turns out, on his way to the village post office to telegraph his three sons: ''Mother dead. Your father.'' The three brothers will return to their hilltop farm in southern Italy for their mother's funeral, reflecting on their differing lives and positions within Italian society.

The film won the Boston Society of Film Critics award for Best Foreign Film, and the Nastro d'Argento for Best Director and Actor. It received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was screened out of competition at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival.

In collaboration with Rochesterkino.

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